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Strawberry yoghurt with fresh strawberry pieces, cheese sandwich pinwheels and watermelon jelly
Carrot sticks with mayo dip, meaty macaroni cheese and lightly salted popcorn
Gem squash, Boboti and rice and vanilla muffin
Corn, Rice and roast pork and broccoli (no dessert this day)
Pizza, Trail mix and Yoghurt with chopped strawberries
Why Is Lunch So Important to Children?
Lunch may have even more importance for school-aged children than it does for adults. Since most kids don’t get breakfast or dinner at school and may not have any snacks until they get home, lunch is the only meal they have to power them through the day. According to ChoiceUSA.net, school lunch makes up one third to one half of a child’s nutritional intake for an entire day and is essential for helping children succeed in school as well as grow and develop successfully and healthfully.
Eating any type of meal for lunch can help keep your metabolism active and your body healthy, but some foods pack more of a nutritional punch than others. Dr. Kurt Hong recommends combining complex carbohydrates with lean protein to form a concentrated, long-lasting source of energy. Examples include nonfat yogurt and granola, a lean turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, or low-fat cottage cheese with fruits and vegetables. Ideally, a healthy lunch should offer a balance among the five main food groups: grains, vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and dairy.
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